Swedish Government to Adopt Windows 8 & Windows Phones

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Microsoft has scored a big deal in Sweden with the Riksdag Administration buying into Windows 8, Office 2013, Skype, and Lync.  The new environment started rolling out in  March in the form of a pilot project with 100 participants and after the elections this fall, all 1,650 jobs in Parliament will receive the new software.

The big Microsoft venture also means that employees will receive select phones and tablets based on Windows. The Swedish government will be developing apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. (Due to the translation it is unclear if the government is adopting Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 or Win8.1 Update 1)

Mr Einarsson, head of it operations at the Parliament administration, says that the focus on mobility that began a few years ago are now going to be widened, which will offer the same experience to users regardless of which device they are using.  The goal is that the drive to reduce travel and use of paper.

“A big advantage in services in the Microsoft ecosystem is that they work on a variety of devices while they meet our specific requirements.”

However, there are no plans to do away with the iPad and iPhone.  Three years ago raised many eyebrows when the Parliament Administration announced that it would acquire Apple’s iPhone and iPad to MPs

“The products from Apple that we offer today are greatly appreciated so we will continue to have these in our offer.  We see it as we broaden the range and give our customers more choice,” says Anders E.

In economic terms, the focus on mobility and other modern technologies will save the taxpayers 20 million SEK per year or a little over $3.1 million in US dollars.

Source: Computer Sweden via WPCentral

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